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Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi

Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Religious Site
Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. One of the first monasteries in Georgia, it was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia as a monastic and educational center, and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Murals found inside the Gelati Monastery church date back as early as the 12th century.
The monastery was built in the Georgian Golden Age and a gold aesthetic is employed in the paintings and buildings. It was built to highlight the presence of Christian faith in Georgia. The monastery is synonymously surrounded by arches that stretch over the mountains.
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  • Must to Visit, Cathedral fro 10 century. Very authenticate. Cathedral appeared in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1994. It was followed by an intermittent restoration during the 20th century...  more »
  • Beautiful monastry near kutaisi, which is special for structure and historical ,easy to reach only 12 km away from center, there is minibus behind theater building can take you there directly , be.....  more »
  • 2 times visit this place, my favourite chill zone. quiet, clean, see beautiful things, meet a girl, the popes friendly invite me the wine, cool  more »
  • The nickname of The Gelati Monastery is the “Golden Age of Georgia”. The monastery was built during the Byzantine Empire which is known for the use of gold aesthetic in their paintings and buildings. It was built to show how Christianity encompassed all of this land and that Georgia was filled with Christian gospel all around even high up in the mountains. As the monastery is covered in arches that stretch over mountains show how encompassing the monastery is over the mountains and over the hills.
  • Lots of old, beautiful paintings cover the inner walls. The church is a bit far, but it's totally worth it for people who have not seen this style in churches before, or who is really into Georgian history. Otherwise I'd say it's pretty much as other churches in the country - not to underestimate the great importance it had it in Georgian history. It rained that day and it was foggy, so we could not see the landscape. I bet the view from there must be beautiful!
  • Very interesting place to visit! There’s a restoration going on in one part of the complex, but there’s a lot to see in there. Another interesting part is the on-going excavation that reveals another part of the complex.
  • Took a hair-raising ride from Kutaisi to the monastery. Incredible murals which are being damaged by dam, but still worth seeing. The Academy has been rebuilt and there are excavations taking place around the site. Unfortunately there were no explanations to help you understand.
  • Beautiful Monastery above Kutaisi. The frescoes date from the 12th century and are amazing. Was empty the day we were there. Had the place to ourselves besides a few dogs.

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